From Dr Scholl's to FitFlops: Which Toning Shoes Work?

Our expert weighs in on four decades' worth of shoes that claim to shape your legs (8 Photos)

Melissa F. Pheterson on Aug 2, 2010 at 3:24PM

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From Dr Scholl's to FitFlops: Which Toning Shoes Work?

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1968: Dr. Scholl's Exercise Sandals

Perhaps the original toning shoes, the iconic Dr. Scholl's style remains popular four decades after it was introduced. Sculpted from a block of wood, the exercise sandal has a raised toe crest to promote a gripping action that claimed to help shape legs.  "The toe grip is a classic foot-therapy exercise, like picking up marbles or scrunching a towel with your toes,” says Cedric X. Bryant, Ph.D., the chief science officer for the American Council on Exercise (ACE).  "But the raised toe crest will not shape legs. It will change your gait, but it’s anyone’s guess which muscles will respond to that, and how.”

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